CNSC Response to the op-ed entitled "Nuclear radiation is forever" published in the Ottawa Citizen on February 8, 2011
I was surprised that the Ottawa Citizen chose to run an Op-Ed written by Helen Caldicott and Dale Dewar, two individuals who continue to misinform the citizens of Port Hope.
As Canada’s nuclear regulator, we are compelled to ensure that your readers understand the facts based on sound science and not the fictitious biases of a few.
Concerned readers should know that Port Hope residents are as healthy as the rest of the Canadian population. This has been demonstrated by 13 epidemiological, peer-reviewed studies conducted over several decades by reputable and independent bodies.
The CNSC recently published a synthesis report that was presented during open houses held in the community. Findings were compared with 40 international epidemiological studies on similar populations, and the conclusion was clear: the health of Port Hope residents is no different than that of other Canadians.
The CNSC provides strict regulatory oversight of both uranium processing and clean up activities taking place in the community to ensure there are negligible impacts to the health and safety of residents and their environment.
I invite your readers to visit our Web site at nuclearsafety.gc.ca to get the facts about Canada’s nuclear sector.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission